This time last year, Bobby Massey, then a sophomore, transferred from Appomattox High School to Liberty Christian Academy. The move has turned out very well so far for the massive offensive line/defensive line prospect, a junior who has drawn the attention of both Virginia and Virginia Tech coaches in the early going.
On the gridiron this past season, Massey earned first-team all-state honors for his performance at offensive tackle and earned second-team all-state honors for his performance at defensive tackle. He was first-team all-conference for offense and defense. His junior season performance was certainly an improvement from his sophomore year, but it was his work ethic that really made a huge leap.
ï¿½Bobby is 6-6, 325 pounds. Heï¿½s a big, strong, powerful human being,ï¿½ Liberty Christian Academy head coach Frank Rocco said. ï¿½He transferred to our school last year at this time. He came in at 6-4, 265 pounds. He really didnï¿½t have the greatest work ethic and the classroom dedication was not there. Those are things he has really improved on. His off-season conditioning was excellent. Academically, he is now performing at an A, B and C level. Heï¿½s really working very hard and diligently on his academics as well as his strength and conditioning.
ï¿½Bobby is a canï¿½t-miss type of guy. There are some things in his game he needs to improve on. Iï¿½ve coached on the college level and recruited and Bobby is a Division 1 athlete, there is no doubt about it. We timed him in the 40 last year at this time and he ran a 5.1. He runs very well for a big guy and he has pretty good lateral movement. Whether he is a high Division 1 remains to be seen. Academically, that is something he is working toward. Athletically, heï¿½s the total package.ï¿½
Rocco discussed how he used Massey this past season.
ï¿½We run a 3-4 defense and he plays our nose,ï¿½ Rocco said of Massey, who racked up 39 tackles including seven sacks in 2006. ï¿½Quite honestly, we run UVaï¿½s defense. We run a lot of what UVa runs. In past years, UVa has used those big men at the nose. Bobby fits that mold. Opposing teams need two guys to block him, so heï¿½s ideal for that position. Offensively, he is a tackle. Heï¿½s probably more of a natural as a left tackle because he is left-handed. We used him in different things we do as a right tackle, which I think could prove to be a good thing down...
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